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Author Topic:   A Nail in my American Racer
posted September 22, 2003 10:08 AM
Has anyone ever put a plug in an American Racer?

Found the nail right before the race, raced with it in.
Still holding air good, but was planning on plugging it.

One week to go would like to save $100.

posted September 22, 2003 10:27 AM
Wasn't thinking about the tube.
Will the tube work ok in a aero rim with 4" offset beadlock. I usually run 14 to 16 psi.

Or should I change it to a diffent rim?

posted September 22, 2003 11:11 AM
just remove it clean and scuff the spot and put a goopie pile of scuba diving suit repair glue, or also called seam sealer. let it dry for 24 hours..

ive been using it for years on pavement good year slicks which are very thin and cant be patched, it has never leaked ever.

the particular stuff i use is called scuba seal i think.


posted September 22, 2003 05:55 PM
Hey c21? Do you think that stuff would work on a sidewall nick? I've never had luck with a tube on the RR-seems like I pull the valve stem out on the first lap.

posted September 22, 2003 06:11 PM
Most good tire shops can vulcanize it.If you use a tube,be sure to coat the inside of the tire and the tube with baby powder.

posted September 23, 2003 02:18 AM
I have run a tire that I plugged and it did just fine. but mine was on the LR. I never had any luck with tubes less than 20psi. They kepy pinching themselves and causing a leak when the tire rolled over. Just my 2 cents.

posted September 23, 2003 10:18 AM
Had a nail go through a Hoosier RC4 'bout a month ago. Buddy of mine at the local fix-'er-up station patched the inside of the tire for me and I ran the last 5 races of the season on it with out a problem.

posted September 23, 2003 11:41 PM
I have patched them many times just make sure to use a tube patch on them as they are bias ply. The radial patches will pull off. And as stated before if you put a tube in get the wrinkles out. Just my .02 BObby

posted September 26, 2003 12:40 AM
Hey 66JJ where do you get this Scuba repair stuff? Do they sell it anywhere else but a dive shop?

posted September 26, 2003 11:13 AM
I dont know, I was sponsored by a dive shop so I never looked any where for it...

posted September 28, 2003 12:15 AM
I would patch the tire and if that don't work then I would run a tube in it. If you run a tube make sure that you remove the little stickers inside your tire because they will rub a hole in the tube and if you get a choice ask for a radial tube. One other thing if you decide to tube your tire if your valve stem hole is about the size of your thump then ask for a plastic bushing to protect the tubes stem. So the hole won't cut off your stem.

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